Dear Reader,

   Thank you to everyone who came out to support Indie Book Store day on Saturday! We had some fun and didn't sell out of some of the exclusive items so if you want them, come on by! (The literary condoms were a hit and we have a few left. Just sayin')
   This week we have some events that I would love to pack the house for. Please see below.
   And finally we have a fresh batch of new titles and treats in so check them out below. It's time for some reading in the hammock, cooking for friends, and playing games with the family - so we are ready!
    Happy reading and take care of each other,


New and Notable

The first two are faves of Luan's this week! If you're a history/design/trivia/amazing knowledge loving reader, these are for you! (and me!)

The Book of Circles, Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge by Manuel Lima $40 A lively tour through millennia of circular information design. Three hundred detailed and colorful illustrations from around the world cover an encyclopedic array of subjects-architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, biology, astronomy, and physics, all based on the circle, the universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, enlightenment, and perfection. Clay tokens used by ancient Sumerians as a system of recording trade are juxtaposed with logos of modern retailers like Target; Venn diagrams are discussed alongside the trefoil biohazard symbol, symbols of the Christian trinity, and the Olympic rings; and a diagram revealing the characteristics of ten thousand porn stars displays structural similarities to early celestial charts placing the earth at the center of the universe.

An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist by Nick Middleton $29.95 Where are my map-loving people? Here's a book for you! What is a country? Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton brings to life the origins and histories of 50 states that, lacking international recognition and United Nations membership, exist on the margins of legitimacy in the global order. From long-contested lands like Crimea and Tibet to lesser-known territories such as Africa's last colony and a European republic that enjoyed independence for a single day, Middleton presents fascinating stories of shifting borders, visionary leaders, and "forgotten" peoples. Beautifully illustrated with 50 regional maps, each country is literally die-cut out of the page, offering a distinctive tactile experience while exploring these remarkable places.

The Perpetual Disappointments Diary from Chronicle Books $14.99 is for those who might utter "everything's getting worse..." or perhaps are partial to 'precomplaining' as sport. Personally, I am not nearly cynical enough for this diary, so I laughed like crazy when I saw it.
"This amusingly depressing perpetual appointments diary and engagement calendar features a series of disappointing twists, including weekly demotivational proverbs, reminders of notable deaths, contact pages for people who never call, a year's worth of Monday stickers, space for pointless doodles, and much more!"
The headings for addresses in the back feature Imaginary Friends, People You Owe Money, and People Who Never Call. Get the gist?

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout $27 Two sisters, one who trades self-respect for a wealthy husband and one who discovers a kindred spirit in the pages of a book, struggle with intimate human dramas at the sides of their community members and a returned Lucy Barton. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

 "If you miss the charmingly eccentric and completely relatable characters from Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout's best-selling My Name Is Lucy Barton, you'll be happily reunited with them in Strout's smart and soulful Anything Is Possible."--Elle

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by  Lesley Nneka
Arimah $26  A debut collection by a prize-winning writer explores the ties that bind people to each other and their homes as reflected in stories featuring generations of women haunted by the ghosts of war, a daughter who is outraged by the return of her believed-dead mother and a decimated refugee world where resolutions have unforeseen consequences. Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, Time Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Nylon, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Electric Literature. 

In My Kitchen by Deborah Madison $32.50  From the country's foremost authority on vegetarian cooking and one of the most trusted voices in home cooking, comes a vegetable-forward cookbook focused on the most inspired and flexible recipes from Deborah Madison's vast repertoire, with menu suggestions and extensive tips for modifications and enhancements. Recipes like Baked Ricotta Infused with Thyme; Shredded Radicchio Salad with Garlicky Vinaigrette; Rice Gratin with Zucchini, Onions, and Cheese; and Steamed Persimmon Pudding with Persimmon Puree are appropriate for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. Also featuring Deborah's writerly, evocative prose, this is as much a book for reading as it is a reliable go-to kitchen reference.

Food Swings by Jessica Seinfeld $32 From bestselling cookbook author Jessica Seinfeld comes an all-new collection of 125 delectable recipes for the way we eat today: sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent-always satisfying. We can eat totally clean sometimes, while other times we like to reach for more traditional calorie-filled comfort foods. Food Swings offers simple and delicious recipes that speak to both sides of your personality. One half of the book provides recipes for your controlled side, the other half for when you need to feel the wind in your hair. All of it is meant to be enjoyed equally in this fun, something-for-everyone book for home cooks and eaters everywhere. 
(Virtue, vice? Virtue, vice? Daily struggle here.) 

Here are our Laurel Book Store exclusive postcards for sending to
elected officials who might need to hear your concerns.
Flag                                   Constitution

The creations of illustrator Eve Aldridge are on our website and they fit the bill for anyone who
wants a bit more pointed message. .60 each. Limited quantity on hand for now.
Yes, you can order them individually or as a mixed pack. Click here.


Here is what we have scheduled so far.  
Please join us for any or all of our literary events.  
Click on links for more info. 

See the website for a whole lot of what's coming up!

May 3 Wednesday at 7pm

Radical Hope, Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
edited by Carolina de Robertis with essays by a fabulous assortment of writers in response to the times we find ourselves in now.

Please join us for what promises to be an incredible
evening of activism and hope.

May 4 Thursday at 6pm
The Citizen Poets will be presenting our final creative pursuits spanning all kinds of creative arts (poetry, visual, music, prose, etc..) so no matter what your cup of tea is, we got it.
Come join the art, the community, and the fun! All are encouraged to attend.
The Citizen Poets were birthed during the Spring 2017 Theories of Creativity class led by  Micheline Aharonian Marcom. Art-ivism, activism and a commitment to channeling the creative spirit into socially relevant and impactful actions is the vision of Citizen Poets. Anyone can claim this title.
Their first action was on February 23 when the class joined together at the Ashby BART station and rehearsed selections from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence on a their train from San Francisco and into Oakland.
Upon disembarking, still gathered and exhilarated from their interactions with other riders, an older Chinese man asked them what they were doing. One Citizen Poet shared with him that they were graduate students in the English Department at Mills College. "English Department?" he asked. "Yes," she answered, "We're poets and writers." The man then exclaimed what has now become their rallying cry of relevance, "Literature! Ha ha ha!"

May 5 Friday 6-8
First Friday Reception to meet artist Ricardo R. Diaz

May 6 Saturday
Bring your children to Children's Fairyland to meet a wonderful lineup of children's book authors and illustrators all day long at the second annual Turn the Page event.
 We'll be there selling books and having a great time!

May 6 Saturday at 5pm
We are honored to launch the first adult book by acclaimed children's author and illustrator Marissa Moss. Last Things is her emotional, devastating, and beautiful graphic novel about losing her husband to ALS.
She will be in conversation with Joel Drucker.


Not yet finalized but in the works:
  • Mindfulness for a New Reality
  • How to Build Stronger Communities
  • How to Read the News So Your Head Doesn't Explode
  • How to Be a Better Ally to Those Potentially in Danger

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